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South Dakota Farm Bureau President Pleased At Senate Farm Bill Approval

The Senate’s passage of the farm bill this week is critical for farmers and ranchers who need to know the rules for federal programs going forward. South Dakota Farm Bureau President Scott Vanderwal says he’s pleased legislators are finally moving ahead with the legislation and hopes the House will follow the Senate’s lead.

Vanderwal says one problem with the Senate measure and what the House is proposing is the large budget price it carries, especially with the SNAP or nutrition program. He’s also not surprised South Dakota Senator John Thune voted against the Farm Bill because of those economic concerns.

He says a possible hold up in the House as they debate the farm bill will be over SNAP and how much it should be cut with liberal and conservative representatives far apart on that.

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